Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Other Guys - DVD Review


Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Lindsay Sloane, Natalie Zea, Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr.
Directed by Adam McKay.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson star as the quintessential action-buddy cops. With great disregard for public property and their own safety, they chase those bad guys down and get the photo op. They're the envy of the department. They blast the tunes and spout the one-liners.

They're gone by the end of the first act. Oh, where's the rest of the movie supposed to go?

We follow the B Team, the "other guys" of the title. Will Ferrell is the nerdy one who loves paperwork. Mark Wahlberg is his tightly-wound partner who might be a great cop were he not so overzealous. Ferrell and Wahlberg are fine, but I actually got more entertainment out of the supporting cast, like Michael Keaton as the precinct captain who holds a surprise second job, or Steve Coogan as the weasily CEO at the center of an investigation.

P.S. The closing credits seem to have been lifted from a documentary about the financial crisis, as we get all these stats and figures about TARP and CEO salaries and whatnot.

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